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# The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike

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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

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OA is c

I have marked d. Can somebody please explain?

Originally posted by gmatcracker2010 on 28 May 2010, 06:59.
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28 May 2010, 14:25
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gmatcracker2010 wrote:
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

Workers will go on strike if management doesn't increase wages.
To increase wages Bell needs to sell subsidiaries. Subsidiaries will be sold if we assume that:
Management will increase wages. Then workers will not go on strike.
We should find one of these assumptions in the answer choices:

A. Not inferred from the passage, because Bell could sell subsidiaries and not suffer losses.
B. Then Bell's subsidiaries don't need to be sold and workers will go on strike. Since the conclusion is that subsidiaries will be sold, one of the assumptions is that the management will increase wages, opposite to this option.
C. If we assume that the workers will not go on strike, is because the management increased the wages, and will sell some subsidiaries. This is properly drawn with the conclusion of the argument.
D. It's not relevant. He can offer, he can also sell subsidiaries. But this assumption doesn't help us here.
E. If they will not accept a package, it means that the management decided not to increase the wages and decided not to sell some subsidiaries. It goes against the conclusion.

According to this reasoning, C is the best option.
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28 May 2010, 07:32
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I would go with E, since it is assumed that workers will not accept anything else other than higher wages.
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30 May 2010, 02:29
Now this was a simple looking tough question. Thanks for posting it.
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09 Jun 2010, 19:23
IMO "A" ....."E" is also a contender.

C can't be the correct answer since that is what we can infer from the argument. We need not assume that for the conclusion to be true. If the conclusion is true then only that answer follows. i hope i'm making sense.
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10 Jun 2010, 00:16
I chose 'D'. I don't understand how 'C' can be the answer because its not an assumption, its probably an inference from the argument.

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Nice Question gmatcracker2010. IMO C and OA is C too.

The question asks to identify the assumption made for concluding that the subsidiaries will be sold. If some of the subsidiaries are sold, then the increase in wages is certain. Increase in wages will in turn imply that the workers will not go on a strike.

You can also insert all the assumption choices in the argument and boil down to the one that makes sense logically. I have inserted option C to show that it makes sense.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. Since, the workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

Originally posted by sjayasa on 10 Jun 2010, 00:27.
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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.
The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

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Conclusion : some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold
Premise: in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries to avoid a strike.

A is wrong as selling subsidiaries could even turn out to be a profit making proposition. If B then conclusion cannot be drawn so its 180. If C then also the conclusion cannot be drawn, another 180. Now if we look into D then its possible that if president has no authority that he may ask those who have authority (such as the Board of members) to implement the wage increase. E is perfect as it says there is no 'improved benefit' alternative to selling of subsidies to meet worker wage increase. It also indirectly accepts that the workers will go on a strike if wage increase is not done. Remember this is not a quasi assumption based question which needs its evidence to be strengthened for the conclusion to stand.

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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.
The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

IMO A
Because - The management assumed that the manufacturing firm will suffer losses if the workers go on strike
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sjayasa wrote:
Nice Question gmatcracker2010. IMO C and OA is C too.

The question asks to identify the assumption made for concluding that the subsidiaries will be sold. If some of the subsidiaries are sold, then the increase in wages is certain. Increase in wages will in turn imply that the workers will not go on a strike.

You can also insert all the assumption choices in the argument and boil down to the one that makes sense logically. I have inserted option C to show that it makes sense.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. Since, the workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

I find this reasoning confusing as there is no reason to sell the subsidiaries if the workers will not be going on strike.
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24 Jun 2010, 12:32
C answer choice sounds more like a after effect of conclusion i.e. if the subsidiaries are sold and wage increase then they won't go on strike. C answer choice sounds highly unreasonable to me.

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
-- Nothing to do with losses. Hence A cannot be correct answer choice.

(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
-- This is opposite of what author is claiming. Hence B cannot be correct answer choice.

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
-- C cannot be the correct answer choice. (see explanation above)

(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
-- If he has the authority then and then only the subsidiaries will be sold.

(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
-- Irrelevant

Thank You.

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24 Jun 2010, 12:45
Come on Guys Its C , apparent, It can't be A , its totally out of context, where in the paragraph they are talking about Profit or Loss
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27 Sep 2010, 14:04
C is correct because by negating this assumption it implies that workers will not strike and...well there wouldn't be any need to increase wages or sell off part of the business; effectively destroying the argument.
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05 Nov 2010, 03:48
I am more inclined towards D.
C tells that workers will not go on strike ,which, in my opinion, is too far a jump in logic. What is the increase is less than the workers expected? They might still strike.

But D tells us that the president has the authority to make such decisions which is in fact clear from the argument.

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11 Nov 2010, 14:19
C vs E ??

Please clarfiy why not E ? and why C?
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15 Nov 2010, 06:22
I got a straight C and was surprised to see a long trial of different answers
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Hey All,

I know some people have been arguing this one back and forth still, so I'll weigh in one last time.

18. The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

Conclusion: Bell will sell subsidiaries
Premise: Workers going on strike unless management ups wages, but subsidiaries need to be sold to up wages
Assumption: Bell cares is workers go on strike

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
PROBLEM: We don't need this to make the argument work, because this is theoretical about the strike, not necessarily implying that the strike will happen. If it doesn't, there needn't be any losses.

(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
PROBLEM: This is the opposite of what we want. If they don't increase wages, they won't need to sell subsidiaries.

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
ANSWER: Try "least extreme negation" (this is the method whereby you can take the opposite of every answer choice, and whichever one DESTROYS the argument is the correct assumption). "The workers WILL be going on strike." If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries. That would destroy the conclusion.

(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: We don't need the president to have the authority. The board could do it, or anybody.

(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: Totally irrelevant, as the argument is ABOUT the wage increase.

Hope that helps!

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21 Nov 2010, 23:51
Using the assumption negation technique, I chose C.
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22 Nov 2010, 13:15
The argument says:
No strike-->increase wages--> sell subs.

No strike makes the whole flow happen, so C.

Tommy, you say: If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries.

I cannot agree with that.- If they go on strike, that could be for any other reason. The condition is No increase wages--> Go on strike, but not Viceversa. Am I misunderstanding something?
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22 Nov 2010, 13:47
It should be "C'

A, B and E are out of scope.

C is the conclusion

D is the inference
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